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Rear sway bar


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I had the transmission dropped for clutch job and CV joints/axle shafts replaced. When The car was in the shop, I notice the rear sway bars were removed to do the job. The car's handling just doesn't feel right now...I'm not sure what it is. Can the sway bar be improperly installed? Just wondering...

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Stock sway bars are not adjustable. The bar might have a loose bolt at the ends. You may have replaced or missing bushings that clamp the sway bar to the frame(in the middle). These are visible with the belly pan plastic covers on. I had a bushing housing bolt come off once - it clunked.

You might check your wheels.

Handling might be off due to wheels rotated front to back (this happened to me once at the dealer). A wheel could have been dropped and now have a bent rim or a missing wheel weight - but this would probably show up as shimmy/shake rather than a handling issue.

The sway bar doesn't have to come off for the clutch. I don't know if it needs to come off for the axle shafts

If the sway bar and wheels looks ok. you could try Hunter Road force balancing - other than that I think I'd return the car to the mechanic for an explanation.

YMMV - I'm barely a shade tree mechanic. Others may have better advice.

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The sway bar doesn't have to come off for the clutch. I don't know if it needs to come off for the axle shafts

If the sway bar and wheels looks ok. you could try Hunter Road force balancing - other than that I think I'd return the car to the mechanic for an explanation.

YMMV - I'm barely a shade tree mechanic. Others may have better advice.

I could have swore the rear sway bar was taken off when I checked on the car in the shop. I did take it back; the tech check it over, he said it was ok. I'm going to take it for another hard drive. I'll try to determine what it could be. I just may be due for an alignment. I appreciate your reply.

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